Monday, 30 July 2012

On your marks, get set…

Right back in 2010 we blogged about the London 2012 Olympic Games being ‘just around the corner’.  Two years feels like a lifetime ago now considering that, as you read this, billions of pairs of eyes are watching athletes from all over the world competing for their country.

It’s true that London has been ‘gearing up for the Games’ for years and now the time has finally come for it to host thousands of Olympians from across the globe, many who don’t speak the language and are unfamiliar with the country – much like the average expat, you could say!

To kick the whole thing off, we witnessed the Olympic Opening ceremony, directed by British director Danny Boyle, proved to be every bit as spectacular as we had been promised and those that had already witnessed the rehearsal did well to #savethesecret.

The show was a wonderful mix of nostalgia and history with appearances from famous characters such as Mary Poppins and Mr Bean and who could forget Her Majesty herself whose appearance alongside James Bond was truly fantastic.

The Ceremony also featured the Olympic Parade of Nations which saw athletes from every qualifying country parade the stadium preceded by their national flag. In total there were over 200 participating countries – a true demonstration of the international stretch of the Games.

If you were competing in the Olympics, what would your sport be? Let us know in the box below or tweet us at @expatexplorer

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